|Woody Allen finds himself at a revealing stage of his career in Fading Gigolo.|
Just in case you were thinking that Woody Allen’s acclaimed recent flourish of quality with his European films and Blue Valentine may mean that he is no longer willing to partake in lighter fare, along comes this, from writer/director John Turturro. Here Allen’s elderly New York bookstore owner turns pimp and transforms his middle-aged friend (Turturro) into an unlikely gigolo; all in the hope that they can raise enough cash when it looks like their store is going to have to shut its doors. Nonetheless, soon they are raking in more dough than they could possibly have ever expected. While the recent brouhaha regarding Allen’s alleged discretions with his adopted daughter seems to have died down for the time being, the jury is still out on the issue. Regardless, in cinematic terms, his stock has rarely been higher.
Premieres 25 April
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Addressing more serious themes than aging pimps and gigolos, here Binoche’s photojournalist documents a group of female suicide bombers in Afghanistan, as she continues her obsession with reporting in dangerous war zones. Accompanying one of the suicide bombers to Kabul, she is severely injured when the bomb is prematurely detonated. Returning home to Ireland to recuperate, she is given an ultimatum by her husband and her daughter: choose between covering war zones, or prioritise her family.
Premieres 2 May
Attempting to erase the memories of 1998’s rubbish remake, here the king of all monsters gets its umpteenth reboot with this summer tentpole. This time around proceedings are helmed by Gareth Edwards, whose debut effort, Monsters won critical attention a few years back with a small-scale twist on the giant-creature flick. Adding a few zeros to the budget, unlike Roland Emmerich’s flaccid 1998 effort, this appears to be of considerable quality. Toss in some star wattage in the shape of a trio of interesting cast members (Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and Bryan Cranson) and a script by Frank Darabont (The Walking Dead) and Max Borenstein, and interest is well and truly piqued.
Premieres 14 May
Offering Tom Hardy fans the opportunity to see him behind the wheel before he steps into the iconic shoes of Mad Max next year, pulling up at your local multiplex is a low budget and very well-received thriller. Written and directed by Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things), here tells the adrenaline-fueled tale of successful construction manager whose life is drastically changed by a series of phone calls.
Premieres 16 May